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Introduction to Structural Integration



Dr. Ida P. Rolf was the founder of Structural Integration. In 1920 she earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. For twelve years she worked at the Rockefeller Institute in the Chemotherapy and Organic Chemistry departments.

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In the 1930’s, challenged by a friend’s disabilities and dissatisfied with available medical treatment, Dr. Rolf explored Osteopathy, Chiropractic medicine, Tantric Yoga, the Alexander Technique, Homeopathic medicine and Korzybski’s work on the consciousness. By the 1940’s, she had developed and experienced many breakthroughs with the work she did on chronically disabled persons unable to find help elsewhere. During her scientific research, she made a fundamental discovery about the body: The same network of connective tissue which contains and links the muscle system when its healthy can be used to reshape it when it’s been pulled out of proper order. Dr. Rolf further refined her technique and developed a training program to insure that this important work would continue.


The theories of Structural Integration may appear simple, but understanding and applying them requires intensive education and training. Today, Structural Integration is taught around the world at schools specifically recognized by the International Association of Structural Integrators for meeting high standards for teaching Dr. Rolf’s work. Note: Structural Integration is also known as Rolfing. Dr. Rolf called her system of bodywork Structural Integration, a name which is descriptive of the process. Rolfing was a nickname, first coined in the 1960’s at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur.


Click here to view the video Introduction to Rolfing® by Dr. Ida P. Rolf


Click here to view the video Rolfing® Conclusions and Testimonials

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